I spotted this fly around my garden pond. It was spending most of its time on the lily pads. Can anyone identify it please?
This is a fly from the family Dolichopodidae, or a 'doli' as dipterists often call them! I'm not too hot on this group so I've moved it to the fly thread in case someone else would like to venture a species identification. They are often found in damp areas and near water, and the males are known for their elaborate genitalia an courtship displays.
Hannah (NHM ID team)
Thankyou for the information. The male was carrying out an elaborate pre-mating dance which was quite fascinating to watch, but which seemed to leave little impression on the female. However perseverance paid off in the end.